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Michigan’s "Stars of Supplier Diversity" Honored at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s 29th Annual Awards

Date Posted: 2012-10-08

DETROIT (October 5, 2012) — The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) recently hosted their 29th Annual Awards celebration in honor of the corporations, minority owned businesses and individuals who lead in the category of supplier diversity. Over 700 business leaders attended the event, held at the Detroit Institute of Arts, to celebrate their achievements in producing over $16 billion in contracts between corporations and minority businesses.
Annual Award Winners Group Photo Over the course of the evening, the MMSDC awarded twenty-one individuals and businesses with top honors that spanned across 19 different categories pertaining to supplier diversity. The awardees represent thousands of jobs created in Michigan and a broader general investment in local communities across the state.
“The MMSDC is consistently impressed by the work of our corporate members and minority business enterprises. This year’s winners have gone above and beyond to distinguish themselves as champions and leaders of supplier diversity. They have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to multicultural business partnerships that produce positive economic results across our workplaces, communities and households,” said Louis Green, MMSDC President and CEO.
The event was co-hosted by local news anchors Rhonda Walker (WDIV-TV), Roop Raj (Fox 2 News), and Glenda Lewis, (WXYZ-TV), and featured an invocation by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
2012 Stars of Supplier Diversity Award Winners:
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class I Jim Roberts Enterprises, LLC
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class II EKS Services, Inc.
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class III Epitec 
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class IV Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC
Corporation of the Year – Commercial Products Herman Miller
Corporation of the Year – Construction (TIE) Walbridge
Barton Malow
Corporation of the Year – Consumer Products DTE Energy
Corporation of the Year – Education & Government Entities Wayne State University
Corporation of the Year – Finance & Insurance Services Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Corporation of the Year – Healthcare Henry Ford Health Systems
Corporation of the Year – Professional Services Kelly Services
Corporate Buyer of the Year – Local Ulysee Rice, Jr., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Corporate Buyer of the Year – National Ron Zonca, Ford Motor Company
Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year – Local Donna Strickland, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year – National Kevin Bell, Chrysler Group, LLC
Diamond Award Leon Richardson, ChemicoMays, LLC
President’s Award Reginald Layton, Johnson Controls
Sid Taylor, SET Enterprises, Inc.
Corporation of the Year – Manufacturing Level 1 Johnson Controls
Corporation of the Year – OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Ford Motor Company
MMSDC is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. Founded in 1977, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) has more than 1,200 certified minority businesses and over 300 corporate members working to further its mission to certify minority businesses; provide access to procurement opportunities; and develop capacity for minority business development. The MMSDC was recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as “Council of the Year” for its work with major corporations to promote minority business development and growth. For more information visit the MMSDC’s website at www.minoritysupplier.org.

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